Egypt says another troop of ancient coffins have been found in Sakkara


Officials said Monday that CAIRO (AP) – Egyptian archaeologists have unearthed another troop of ancient coffins in a huge necropolis south of Cairo.

The Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities said in a statement that archaeologists found a collection of colorful, sealed sarcophagi buried 2,500 years ago in Sakkara Necropolis.

Mustafa Waziri, the General Secretary of the Supreme Council of Antiques, said that more than 80 coffins were found.

The ministry said archaeologists also found colorful, gold-wood sculptures. Details of the new discovery will be announced at a news conference at the famous stage pyramid of Josar.

Egypt has sought to make public its archaeological finds in an effort to revive its major tourism sector, which was badly hit by the upheaval following the 2011 uprising. This year, the region was further shocked by the coronovirus epidemic.

Prime Minister Mustafa Madbouli and Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Khalid Al-Anani visited the region and inspected the new discovery, which came two weeks after the ministry revealed 59 Sikar Sarcophagi, most of whom are inside Sakkara, inside Mukkamara Were in the same area.

The Saqqara site is part of the necropolis of the ancient capital of Memphis, Egypt, which includes the famous Giza pyramids, as well as the smaller pyramids of Abu Sir, Dahshur and Abu Rugesh. The ruins of Memphis were designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the 1970s.

The plateau hosts at least 11 pyramids, including step pyramids, including the graves of hundreds of ancient authorities and other sites, dating from the 1st Dynasty (2920–2770 BCE) to the Coptic period (395–642).

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